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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Kentucky

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 13, 2013

Allen County, Kentucky, Residents Charged With Conspiring To Sell Hydrocodone Stolen From A Scottsville, Kentucky, Pharmacy

– Former pharmacy employee charged in the conspiracy

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Allen County residents were charged this week, by a federal grand jury in Bowling Green, Kentucky, with a conspiracy to distribute the pain killer, Hydrocodone, that was stolen from a pharmacy by a former employee, announced David J. Hale, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.

According to the seven count federal indictment, beginning in May 2012, and continuing to October 2012, in Allen County, Kentucky, Lynn Harper Denton, age 46, a former employee of Stovall’s Prescription Shop, and Katherine Virginia Rookstool, age 34, conspired to sell over $5,000 of stolen Hydrocodone that had not been made available to consumers for retail purchase. This is a violation of 18 USC § 670 (theft of medical products) and is the first such prosecution in the Western District of Kentucky.

Further, Denton, Rookstool, and Jeffrey Clay Stinson, age 47, were charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute Hydrocodone. Additionally, Stinson faces four charges of knowingly possessing and distributing hydrocodone.

If convicted at trial, Denton could be sentenced to no more than 30 years in prison, a $750,000 fine, and a period of five years of supervised release. Defendant Rookstool could be sentenced to no more than 25 years in prison, a $750,000 fine, and a period of five years of supervised release. Defendant Stinson could be sentenced to 60 years in prison, a $3,000,000 fine and a period of no less than four years of supervised release.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Weiser and is being investigated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Office of Criminal Investigations, Owensboro domicile, the Allen County Sheriff’s Department, and the Scottsville, Kentucky Police Department.